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Replacing Chelsea captain Terry not easy for Conte

Replacing Chelsea captain Terry not easy for Conte

"It's not a simple situation now for us, because you have to consider that you have to play a semi-final in a great competition and then after two days and a half you have to play against Southampton, and Southampton have rested for 10 days", Conte said on Friday.

The 36-year-old will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after both parties confirmed his departure, with his contract set to expire and no new deal being agreed upon.

Terry has been a peripheral figure for Chelsea this campaign, as demonstrated by the fact that he has only made five Premier League appearances as Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill have been Antonio Conte's first choice defensive trio.

Many current and former pros have been quick to hail Terry's impact in West London over the past 22 years, which could end with him lifting another Premier League and FA Cup crown next month, and Conte admits that waving goodbye to the Englishman this summer will be a "serious loss" for the club. I know how it feels to lose a major game in the latter parts of the season - it can generate uncertainty about strategies that have not been questioned up to that point. "He is helping me on and off the pitch", he told reporters. Because when you finish... we have to respect his decision. If you ask me if next season it is a serious loss.yes, I think so. "We are building a foundation and he is important to this".

"He arrived at the training ground with a bit of fever", Conte said. "This period is not a lucky period for us". "He may be Chelsea's most important player in the next few weeks".

"I have to make the best decision for the team tomorrow, but we will try a different solution".


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